Community Health and Development
Coursework and practicum experiences focus on (a) intervention methods used to address community problems and goals (e.g., strategic planning, intervention, advocacy) and (b) research methods used to study the effects of community initiatives for health and development (e.g., community assessment, evaluation). The course sequence culminates in a two-semester practicum arranged with faculty members and representatives of community organizations or governmental agencies (e.g., in public health, child advocacy, independent living, youth development, community development).
Introductory Course: 3 hours
ABSC 100 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
ABSC 101 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science, Honors (3)
Core Knowledge Courses: 10 hours
ABSC 304 Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification (3)
ABSC 308 Research Methods and Application (4)
ABSC 509 Contemporary Behavioral Science (3)
Required Specialty Area Courses: (6 hours).
Plan your program with an advisor in the Department.
ABSC 150 Community Leadership (3)
ABSC 151 Community Leadership, Honors (3)
ABSC 310 Building Healthy Communities (3) or
ABSC 311 Building Healthy Communities, Honors (3)
Specialty Area Electives (at least 8 hours)
Any junior-senior level ABSC courses, except those already required as introductory, core knowledge, and required specialty area courses. Additionally, practicum courses (ABSC 675-699) do not count as specialty area electives. Please see specialty area advisors for recommendations; the following are recommended:
ABSC 310/311 Building Health Communities (3)
ABSC 342 Adult Development & Aging (3)
ABSC 356 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
ABSC 360 Drugs, Addiction, & Behavior (3)
ABSC 405 Children and Media (3)
ABSC 410+ Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents (3)
ABSC 425*^ Teaching Apprenticeship in Applied Behavioral Science (3)
ABSC 433 Analysis of Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Roles in Childhood & Adolescence (3)
ABSC 437+ Independent Living and People with Disabilities (3)
ABSC 469*^ Special Topics (1-3)
ABSC 470+ Organizational Behavior Management (3)
ABSC 479*^ Study Abroad Topics (1-5)
ABSC 486+ Issues in Parenting (3)
ABSC 499*^ Directed Research (1-3)
ABSC 535+ Developmental Psychopathology (3)
ABSC 542 Applied Gerontology (3)
ABSC 555 Issues in Administering Early Childhood
ABSC 560 The Juvenile Justice System: A Behavioral &
Legal Perspective (3)
ABSC 562+ Behavioral Community Approaches to Social Issues (3)
ABSC 565+ Applied Developmental Psychology (3)
ABSC 599*^ Honors & Thesis in Applied Behavioral Science
ABSC 606*^ Special Projects in the Community (1-10)
ABSC 620 Drug Abuse: From Basic Research to Public
ABSC 626+ Psychology of Adolescence (3)
ABSC 632 Advanced Child Behavior and Development (3)
ABSC 671+ Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
ABSC 799 Experimental Analysis of Behavior (3)
+ Recommended as complementary to specialty area.
* No more than 6 credit hours of these courses count toward ABS major hours.
^ Requires instructor permission.
Practicum (6 hours)
Two semesters of practicum are required (3 hours in both Fall and Spring semesters). ABSC 310/311 is a prerequisite for the practicum. Enrollment may depend on the date of indication of interest and performance in ABSC 310/311.
ABSC 690^ Practicum in Community Health and Development (3) or
ABSC 691^ Practicum in Community Health and Development, Honors (3)
^ Requires instructor permission.
Professors Jomella Watson-Thompson and Vincent Francisco
Community Tool Box
American Psychological Association
Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action: Division of Community Psychology